by syaffolee

Watching the Rats Scurry By

A little bit of ambition is not necessarily a bad thing. Overachievement isn’t a sin. But some people don’t have to be so blatant about it.

A student was bragging loudly about his triple majors and completely unrelated minor. He does research. He helps kids with cancer (overseas!) in his spare time. He wants to go to med school.

I kept waiting for him to stand up like a beauty queen to talk about world peace as a rousing denouement for his whole spiel. And if I were an interviewer, I’d be rolling my eyes–mentally, of course. It’s not the accomplishments that have me dismissive, but the delivery. I can’t decide whether this guy is too self-assured (really, there is such a thing) or trying to cover up an insecurity.